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Object Number:29-221-278A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Persia
Section:Near Eastern
Depth: 8 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:1573 - Sommerville Amulet/Talisman Number
278 - Sommerville Number
87-5-16 - Found in Collection Number


Octagonal shaped; engraved with Arabic in concentric circles on one side. Collector's note inked on one side. "The 8 dice belong with this...were through upon it to decide the fortune or chance. M. Sommerville"

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Collection of Talismans (Maxwell Sommerville) (23 Oct 1889 - 31 Dec 1889) View Objects in Exhibition
Chess and Playing-Cards (18 Sep 1895 - 31 Dec 1895) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Culin, Robert S. 1898. Chess and Playing Cards: Catalogue of games and implements for divination exhibited by the Unites States National Museum in connection with the Department of Archaeology and Paleontology of the University of Pennsylvania at the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia 1895.. Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 826, Fig. 146View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Manual Descriptive of a Collection of Talismans Engraved on Stones and Metals of Various Countries and Epochs, Illustrative of What Man has Worn for his Protection from Accident and Disease; Also, Ancient Gems, Babylonian Cylinders, Persian Seals, etc.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania, Department of Archaeology and Paleontology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 19, Fig. 1573View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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